Coda (Commercial $99, Demo Available)
Coda is, among other things, beautifully designed. It sports a modern interface with clean lines and easy-to-understand icons. Unfortunately, many coders (myself included) prefer not to be distracted by lots of graphics while working and favor a more minimalistic approach. Thankfully, Coda allows users to disable many of the graphical bells and whistles in favor of more traditional textual tabs. However, how does Coda stack up once you get past the UI?
Coda also supports a unique, groupable “sites” feature. Again, this seems predominantly geared towards frontend devs but, with a bit of tweaking, can function much like the “projects” or “workspaces” features in so many other editors. Given its focus on frontend development, it should be no surprise that Coda comes packaged with the Transmit engine, allowing instant upload through SFTP, FTP, and WebDav.
So, beyond the focus mentioned above on the frontend, what else stands out as a “negative”? The two most glaring issues in my mind are minimal support for themes and plugins. I know, the lack of theme support thing is kind of reaching, but these days it’s virtually expected in development editors. Panic does provide a theme and plugin repository, but it’s not community driven like many editor repos. Not a huge surprise in a commercial project, but frustrating none the less.